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BLUE GRASS BLADE VOLUME XVIII LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JULY 10 1010 Number 20 MARCH fi 1 lr pnrbrrsA1A ENTS Protestantism a ByProduct of Catholicism to which it is Returning t F By Lucien Stebbins The JMangasarian and uibbous contentions as to who burned Joan of Arc may prove interesting and profitable to a realization of tl urastic methods of the ltoman J Catholic church right here and now in the United states Informed society knows that Joan of Arc as well up Uiordai Uruno were burned by the church and state oligarchy ot time Roman Catholic brandwhether of Eng lurid for Europe is immaterial It is also a mutter of general information that Christians of the Protestant brand both in England and America burned witches twd Quakers by church andstate au 1 thority on the plea that they were undesirable citizens This shows that Protestantism B simply a byproduct of Roma Catholicism to which it is alread preparing to return as a child to its as this of Joan of Arc are timely reminiscences of the dead past as they serve 03 valI liable guide posts to point to immediate future The burning question of the is What is the character of the yfta fehurch aiidthe 01iwsJian ruligio in tliti twentieth century and what are we going to do about it Religion is a superhuman and supreme authority claimed by priests as vicegerents and jute I preteens of the will of an Almighty God to govern this world with a tyrants despotic power Such it claims UK be such all usage and l practice of law learning and phi osophy reeognizc it to be Personal and individual opinions iu regard to religion amount to no more than the sands on the seashbre They are simply play things for the winds and tides Religion is the upastree of ignorance and despotism beneatl poisououf shadows reason 1whose om die Religion is the spell of the priest tin the charlatan and the knaveIt the unthinking masses to sleep and then robs them Rc ligion is the potent and indispensable factor in all despotic govern ments Religion is the deadly enemy of reason and liberty The Roman Catholic religion is now being repudiated in the lava of its birth France has driven its black gowned Jesuit priests fron her borders and they are flocking to the United States where they are working their way into places of influence where they can control the administration of the gov ernment They are hand in hand quad cheek by jowl with the great corporate interests of this aountry and helping them to rob the American people of their few remaining liberties In the face of this situation Protestant ministers lie down like dogs at their masters feet Joan of Arc is four hundred years away but the same interests that burned her and in 1COO burn elf Giordano Bruno at the stake have just assassinated Francisco Ferrer in Spain Thus we see that the character of Christian relig iottista is unchanged in spite of centuries of education and enlight enment Religionists burnetl witches and Quakers in England and also in Massachusetts and are now burn of the Ameriing up the liberties can people These interests now constitute an international compact between the monarchial governments of Europe and the American republic alrio of Mjexico and the Latin republics of Central mid South America The object of this com ML = bination is to crush civil and mental liberty in order that an imperial oligarchhy may reign supreme throughout the world with the pope of Rome as the supreme temporal ruler and Gods vicegerent on earth the most stupendous scheme of all ages Sonic of the straws which show the direction the wind t olowing along this line within the last fifty yours in tillS country arc the assassination of Abroha Lincoln it must not be ftr gotten thatevery participant in that dastardly plot were Romi Uathohcs as can be proved by judicial records the execution oi the Hjoyiuarket victims the attempted judicial assassination of iUoyer liaywood and Petti bun the attempted return of politic refugees from Russia and Alexic upon the most trivial and unusui subterfuges the intimate rata tions established between President Taft and the pope of Rots under the pretext of protecting the popep interests in the Pliilij pine Islands and Mf Tafts assui unce to tie children in the pa roachiul jjcnools of Portlad Oregon that loyalty to their church nW3dKS3L tpJthe goy rn ment and his admonition to Protestants to unite and perpetuate the cause of religion th newspaper report that upon Thee dore Roosevelts return from his African trip he will proceed to Rome and have the honor of Roman citizenship conferred upon him not Italian citizenship uut Roman and the complacent an uouncement to the voters ofArner ica by Mr Roosevelts souinlav that Roqsevclt is to be the next president of the United States Note the fact also that the clerical assassination of Francisco Fer rcr which has shaken all Europi from center to circumference to a torn of protest has scarcely made a ripple upon the snug complacency of American newspaper tout and little if any protest from the pulpits This one fact alone should open the eyes of every true lover of lib srty to the power of Roman Cath olio influence upon the press and pulpits of America Another significant indication of the tendency of our government to Roman Catholic control is that the police forcewhich is almost entirely Roman Catholic are permitted to use inquisitorial methods of torture to wring confessions from their helpless pris mers which they make because there is no other way to relieve themselves of the torture inflicted upon them This is a revival of tho methbds of the old Spanish quisition and has been inspired by Roman Catholic ecclesiastical in luenee and no other The democratic bulwarks of civil libertythe free press free peech and the right of peaceable ssembly are being overrun and lestroyed by these since Roman latholic policemen who make heir boast that tic club they iirry is bigger than the constitu tion of the United States The gigantic trusts that have bsorbed the wealth and resources of the country two largely con rolled by or owned by wealthy Ionian Catholics or by men who Iwcd the help of the Rtoman Cath olic ecclesiastics to then in leir exploitation of the people it is a known fact that the Vatican at Rome drawR largo ividends from many corporations All tluesc tlihings have imposed It burden upon the Working toiling people of this country that is unsupportable and the only rem I edy for the situation is revolution Toward this result irresistal events are rushing with as great certainty us the waters of the St Lawrence rush toward the falls of Niagara Nothing can stay the tide that is swiftly bearing tli eiouutry toward the abyss of a oloody revolution possibly the bloodiest the world has ever known rite church and state oligarchy already formed in this country with the Roman Catholic church at the head and in control assisted by thousands of Jesuit retainers which have flocked here from tl corners of the earth within tho lust fifty years with Protestant preachers trailing along in the rear and traitorous congre men giving all aid and assistance are prepared for the issue The public press is subject to the stone control also college institutions and all our legislative administrative and judicial de partmcnts of government The Dick military law gives them power to use the military forces of the country when the GypsyIiram Jones fuilH io keep tho people in submission any longs when the gatling guns arcpn- n operation the scenes of bloody Sunday of Russian history willi be reenacted in these United States We shall not then cure much who burned Joan of Arc We shall be taking our own turn it furnishing the fuel for Roma Catholic bonfires Working men of America lUld nil liberty loving men and women if you would preserve your lies and the bloodbought liberties for the generations that are ret to come get a move on you mid get to thinking Our enemies have done thei thinking and are prepared for the isue What are You going to do bout it ARE MEN CREATED EQUAL Ever since the birth of this nation the majority of the people ave believed that men are created equal when the fact is wel known that wo are not equaL physically or intellectually Shrewd men have always taker idvantage of their less crafty fellowmen and have succeeded to tho extent that over onethird of the population live in idleness at the expense of the producing lasses They have built schools und colleges in which they graft tilO minds of the people to suit their fancy and teach them to thieve in a god who makes the ich and tho poor that whosoever elieves shall receive eternal bliss but those who believe not shall be amned forever This infernal doctrine has been preached for the last 2000 years Hen of high intellect otherwise olicvo in this doctrine of the Christian religion Not only this but they have established n gov riiment in which the majority of people have to sulVer for lack food in the midst of plenty while a few have all the wealth at their command In this struggle for existence ifiereut remedies have been applied to overcome the evil but still suffering grows worse from c1nr to day Fortunes grow like Luphroonus in a fortnight while on the other hand children are ring for broad and shiver with the cold That there is something wrong in the machinery of time government is not denied but far the defective parts have not wJ 7 been discovered Some say an in como tax will set things right while another speaks about tariff reform and still another advocate antitrust laws and Mr Chunning Severance in time your issue of Juno 5th dahlia that the single tax the theory of Henry George would cause all poverty to vanish from the face of the earth In analyzing this case before us wo notice that it is not so much the matter in not having produce of all kinds to sustain life and happiness but the symptoms show that the necessities of life are not properly distributed and for that reason we want a remedy will will distribute the product of labor in a proper manner Money is a measure of all wealth Whoever has money has wealth It is exchangeable for all the comforts of life It will buy land houses and homes in fact it will buy everything Now the question arises How can we get that money in order that we may buy what is needed The answer is simple Work for itl Suppose our government would employ all idle laborers for public improvements mid pay them in legal tender certificates from the President down to the lowest servant It would at once relieve us from all national debts and tho money would flow freely through the channels of trade and all men who would work could buy as they m edand no better money could be had as it would be re deemed by honest toil and the people would prosper without and poverty to check them This is the only remedy that will go to the vital spot It will eventually starve out all drones tad speculators and the only trust would be the people themselves Those who have time gold let them use it as they like but it is the labor or service of men from whichall wealth comes Now in order to keep this cm rency in motion it would be necessary to draw a certain per ccnt Toni the circulation by a direct miintmind rhlisW6uld niake n continuous now from time treasury to the people and back to the treasury again and by this means the government would be able to keep a uornuil supply and thereby have staple prices This system is not new It has been in operation in the Civil War and our soldiers were pnid in national currency When President Lincoln said We are the ichest nation of the world and pay our people with our own coney plutocrats at once mad reparations to destroy greet asks and nailed this country to the golden crocs and the peopl aye suffered untold agony eve since up to this day and now by thc aid of the church and the press our capitalists are able to fuddle the mind of the public mil make them believe that mon are all created equal and that ull menlre equal before the law when in reality the majority of the people are but slavey A LITTTERMAN Ackley la I WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME By F E Souther 1 recently heard one of our early day theologians preach a sermon under the above caption As I heard the minister forty ears ago for the first time so I eard him again after over a third- of a century for the second time- I have a high regard for the- aIred minister who held out faith f il who fought the good fight and ept the strange squalid faith During the forty years he nev lr grow an inch Here he stands like It statue a fixture no evolution no progress He gave the samo old version made no now de irture but preached the sermon without eloquence and with no display of enthusiasm just as he preached it forty years ago Cer tainh this old student and think Cl knows that there has been a ido departure in time intellectual nnd scientific world And if I be lifted up will lraw- all men unto 11idNOW listen irist boasted that if ho were ele vnted he would draw all men to himsnlf A huge order never beon executed yet Wiry those he- had drawn fled and left him in Continued on Page 3 t HALLEYS COMETii PROVES THERE IS NO GODIIn its Flight Through Space Encounters No Heaven Spirit Abod or Mansionsiin the Sky t Series No 1 published in Hugh Pentecosts Twentieth Century Magazine Series No 11 in The Investigator Series No HI BY OTTO WETTSTEIN S Valleys comet proclaims in ma jestic splendor There is no god no devil no heaven no hell In its journey of 75 years flying through infinity at the rate of 3000000 miles a day make an effort to compreliend it does it encounter godjheaven spirit abodes mansions in the sky realms where angels dwell hell his satanic majcjsty purl tory and kindred abodes of spooks If so what would be the inevitable results If not where are the heavenly hosts and localities which ire the stock in trade of our priests and preachers and which finds ready sale at enormous prices throughout the god who must be omnipresent or there is none dodge the comet in its furious flight through boundless expanse or does the comet fly around in him Materialists are not fighting god are not trying to crowd god out of the universe How could we fight with something that lios ngyer gxistcd and donut exist now How coulee we crowd out something that no one has ever seen and the wisest person knows nothing about Can we light with some one out of sigh some one who is nowhere With some one who when challenged will not present himself in the itrena ready for battle No nu terialists are not lighting reolitie md jacks we fighting spooks theories conjectures of Ton Dick ind Harry and myths originate in the dark ages of ignorance Hints all r e We cannot explain natures mys cries with that which is preeminently the most stupendous mys cry of all mysteries We know attire exists theistseven god limsfilf liave sadly fuiled to sub tantiate their hypothesis Why should the agnostic an agnostic Why not remain in the Catholic Baptist or Lutheran church If he can believe that IIn infinite extensive personality 01 omnipresent god may exis within an infinite universe preoccupied by countless millions of hmt incandescent flying am gyrating cosmic bodies then why not believe in an omnipresent ievil also garden virgin rib and fish stories and all the minor mir cles of the bible he now scorn ully rejects- If he can believe that man may livc when lie is cremated or str vive his own destruction that hi iny live during eternity without natomieal structure organs blain and flesh and blood why- not remain in the church who riginated these phantasmagoria Can men women and children exist made of air ether gas or hope and desire could easier believe that at- this moment a single chaffeur con troIs and manipulates every autoon earth as to believe that a solitary being or agent linewhere oil in infinite expanse mtroLs simultaneously the coun- tfes millions of cosmic bodies con Hut ing the universe e We cannot explain everything lature with something we know jsolutely nothing about nor copt an hypothesis in explanation ofcxstcneo conveying ideas to which nothing in nature corre spands Astronomy is radically though acidly materialistic and inci untally atheistic No intelligent L n and honest man can familiarize i himself with the facts of nature as revealed by astronomy and refmain atheist spiritist or an agnos tic We know there is no god be tween the earth and the noon 8000 miles the sun 93000000 miles or Sirius 58 thousand of miles away We know tltesejgiant incandescent bodies and f countless others sweeping with incomprehensible velocity within their vast orbits make life of any t kindabsolutely impossible within interstellaro space This lmow1iedge together with many other i wellknown facts honest truthseeker to ily consign all pcremptorIheaven hell spirits worlds tlo realms of a s On the broad and glorious high way of Reason in the evolution of religious thought there is no stop ping place between abject Roman ism and scientific Materialism lias God a God Has a soul a soul has a spirit a spirit If not what use of a god in nature or a soul or spirit in man If a god can exist wtihout necessitating a god to eremite him why cult nature not exist without a god to create it If souls or spirits con exist without mother souls in their spirit forms why posit such airy nothings for on in the compFex and marvelous human form What indeed do we KNOW about soulvNueei rltrtuwtin nmtterthe puissant uiimnym reality of all existence removed from the universe and there is nothing left remove tin countless gods and spirits of mans creation tind the grand system of nature ill all its glory and all its terrible possibilities forever remains When the theist explains his lodmind more especially His handiwork or methods lot cre iiting monads mice and men while simultaneously attending till ther phenomena in nature we will kneel and worship him HEAVEN CONSOLATION NO HELL The Agnostic should not he an Agnostic because he IS an Agnostic r No one can reoaan himself into the church but only out of it A negative condition of nandnever to think a thought will suffice e a member in good standing leasouing will kick him out Spirit is an outline of a hu inn form with nothing inside of it to create the outline of a form It Physiologists KNOW that every irgan nerve and muscle bone and rain is a necessity to the perfect man then how can we exist dur ing eternity without them r r Christian Science What a avesty on science Should be rested All is pence With our birth trouble commences with death euds All again is peace Why fear death t To prove that the doctrine of mortality today is believed or ensued from purely selfish motives it would only be necessary to prove that such a state of oteiv nnl existence is not desirable and all minds not in the clutches of riest or preacher would forthwith reject it This is why they ha ve rejected hell a a e Mysticists persist in the state ment that we dont know what mattel is I will tell them What eel IS is matter Tim underly- ig reality of all existence is matter The stuff we are made of is matter Time components of all Continued on Page 4 ll BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED By CHARLES CHILTON MOORE find edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at onp re mittance cents each Forelga subscriptions postpaid 150 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or four Insertions six months 500 one year 800 Quarter column Insertion J208 one month 400 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates mon ap plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up In advance The address sUp on tie paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers 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long list of subscribers with the subscriptionseach in clubs of five or ten are preferred Two thousand of these ought to be secured easily This would guarantee the continuance of the paper I hope I many hear from you with a full and frank expression of your views and an assurance of your assistance In the mean time I am doing all I can for the paper and the cause it represents Fraternally yours JAMES E HUGHES BELIEF OR UNBELIEF WHICH We find that the whole super structure called Christianity is founded upon what they called a firm belief in something the truth of which they dont nor cant possibly know a particle about In our estimate the word Be lief is one of the mast deceptive terms most meaningless and most useless words to be found in the Bible It is calculated to deceive even the very elect It is stated that in case we wish to be saved we must believe But what are we to believe First believe in the existence of an infinite all wise Being either material or spir itual we dont know which but the Bible says that lie is both Believe that the Bible is hip in spired word and true to a letter Then believe in the miraculous conception birth crucifixion res urrection and ascension together with the saving qualities reposed in thin man they call Jesus be lieve that all who dont believe damned eitherlaneither go to one or other of the above places This is in substance the Christian belief But what does it all amount to One sound sensible Truth is worth more to an honest truthful person than all the belief in the Bible put together Truth doesnt require any belief to sup port it It is true without belief and our belief or disbelief would not change it a particle Had the system of Christian faith and be lief been founded upon what they knew to be true instead of what they believed or supposed was true then they might expect oth behter the case a particle We view it as an outrage upon the rising generation young men and women for ministers to get up in their pulpits and try to make then believe in something that looks unreasonable to them the truth of which the minister himself knows nothing about but tries to force his belief and opinions upon others who are innocent subijeetionions mud sense of truth and justi ICe But we are pleased to see that ministers are not meeting with half the success in the way of fooling the people today that they did even 25 years ago People are becoming too highly educated belief for truth and OISIuround the people will choose rather to do their own thinking and reas oning upon this subject Then they can believe only what they know to be true and nothing more Yours M BERRY REASON ITS USE AND ABUSE BYA B WADE I fully agree with Brother Severace in all that he says re garding the right use of reason and its abuse but is he sure that he is not guilty of the same abuse of reason that he condemns f lie LaysMlle mortal man has tak en the god idea which owes its existence to u misused imagination and erected upon it a fearful religionThised assumption Where are the facts that go to prove that the god idea owes its existence to a misused imagination On the contrary the god idea must have had its origin in the first attempts of reasoning among the primitive inhabitants of the globe for we find that every peo ple living had a god ofsome kind from the ignorant savage to the most cultured and relined The first query in the mind of a child when it begins to exercise its rca son is who makes little girls1 01IIwho made me It sees objects that were made by man and it reasons that everything must have had a maker and it naturally concludes that someone must lave made this world and the people living in it That fearful and foolish system of religion erected thereon is not the re suIt of the II god idea but of a false and absurd conception of the character of god In the primitive times when men were ignorant nndII superstitious they observed certain facts such as earthquakes fire and floods and not being able to see the goodness of such naturally concluded that their god was angry and sent these disasters as an evi dence of his wrath Observing an apparent war among the ele ments they inferred that each element was controlled by a sep crate deity anti from this arose PantheismIMonotheism the one god idea which the Jews held in distinc tion to the Pagan religions was an advance in reason from Pan theism lint they still believed that god WIISII angry with the wicked and that he repented changed his mind when things turned out differently from what he expected He further IIIf one assumes that there is a hell and a heaven and another world he eon reason for himself into no end of beliefs We assume nothing of the land We can prove that there is a heaven a hell and a future life from facts that wo know exist We know thatlithe kingdom of heaven does exist here and now for we in a great measure are in the enjoyment of it which isnot meat or drink but righteousness right living and doing and joy and peace and from what we read in the daily papers of the EXCURSION 150 CINCINNATI AND RETURN SUNDAY JULY 17 SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 725 L a A TRIP TO ROME by J WILSON The International Congress of Freethinkers was held In the City of Rome Italy September The author attended that Congress as the American delegate It Is an account of travel and personal experiences that hu received an universal encomium rrooq press and people In It religious dogmas and tales of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without parison In American literature of travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE LeXIngton Ky Dog Fennel in the Orient II a graphic description of the tour- of the founder of the Blade to Palestine makes mighty good reading these hot day It is the best description of the astern hemisphere yet published Hand soiiicly bound in cloth Price one dollar at the office of the Blade RALLYING Up from the depths Arid Into the light The glory of dawn Still follows tho night Hnpplness reigns Where sorrow held sway Singing for joy At the newborn dayl Up from tho slough Of pain and despair With hope for the years And courage to bear Whatever the fates In time may allot If we are to be crowned By fortune or not Up from the mire Of shame and defeat Dauntless whatever Reverses we meet Trustful and true And patient and strong worldIsong IWise George hats seen any of these Why yes a I must have one Everybody Is talking about them A Chantecler wouldnt look good on you my dear Its the sort of hat thats becoming to a woman like Jane Do Flypp Mercy I wouldnt have one for the world Cleveland Plain Dealer ONE OF MANY lOeoU JyttA Is Mr Lushlelgh good natured Hes always Jolly while setting em up for the boys but gets frantic when his wife asks him for money to pay the butchers bill For Shame I hate the way Some fellows brag Because theyve had A little Swelldom How did you enjoy the play Oh so so It was one of those modern dramas Surely the dialogue was smart Well the husband In the play swore a great deal in the presence of his womenfolk I suppose I should have laughed Driving Out the Snakes He Is a pleased Irishman Whats he so pleased about The appropriateness of his recov ery What do you mean He was cured of delirium tremens on St Patricks day Beggars Become Howlers AWhen was in the east I met with many begging dervishes BI thought they called them howling dervishes Thats what they become when you dont give them anything Meg gendorfer matter A RUSSIAN BATH BlInkerThe czar Is patriotic lie always seems to be taking a Russian bathClinkerHow Blinker Hes In hot water most of the time and Will he keep his throne Ah theres the rub Moderate Ambition I would not live till the worlds end Until tho cosmic schema lies wrecked Id just live till some house costs less Than figured by the architect Hard Luck The Lady Why dont you go to work and earn an honest living In stead of begging The HoboI cant get no workat me perfesslon maam Dats de an swer The LadyWhat Is your specialty The HoboIm a pcrfessloniil bomb thrower maam The Limit Drat Punkers nerve Whats Punker been doing Plagarlzlng my pipe dreams A FREAK I revel In this dopeThough hopeTo The draft of all I read when men Are playing ball This dope of gardens Dingles fans Of being safe Of tying cans On players ails My soul with glee Though Its obscure As It can be I love to read It And reflect I also Scotch dialect Not What It Seemed- It must be lovely to have your husband so handy about the house ex claimed Mrs Oler as she admired a bookcase that Mr Homer had made from a cupboard Yes was the reluctant admit tance of Mrs Homer but it is dreadfully expensive Every month wo have to have a carpenter come to niche repairs and sometimes we have to have a plumber a painter and an electrician THAT WAS STRONG ENOUGH I Landlady You should never attack the weak BoarderAll right I wont say any thing about the tea Ill talk about the butter Grin Grin Keep on Grlnnln Laugh and the world laughs with you Weep and you weep by goll For never an editor living Will pay you to run a col Victim of Fate- I saw you talking to Mrs Feather ly She seemed excited Yes she was putting up the same old grievance A case of bunched anniversaries She was born the day before Christmas and married the day afterand- one present answers for all three oc- casIons Sure of Himself Ill give you a position as clerk to start with said the merchant and pay you what you are worth Is that satisfactoryOh replied the college graduate Duterdo you think the firm can afford It Lippincotts Suspicious Let me show you Love Letters of Wise Men said the clerk in the book emporium Are they signed asked the cau tious bookworm Yes Indeed every one of them Then they must be forgeries Wise men never sign their names to love letters Easily Convinced Wouldbe Contributor at editors deskHeres a Joke Mr Editor that Ill guarantee was never In print after reading ItDont doubt your word In the least slr Tid Bits A MODEST MAN Gruet Is a very unassuming fel lowYes dont believe hed have a swelled head if ho had tho mumps In Chicago Chicago now starts on The antlhoas age Rides motor cars and feeds On equine sausage Copyright Outlawed Then Manager to composerYour piece is a fine one but It cant be produced for at least three years ComposerWhy nol- MaangerUecause Wagner wont have been dead for 30 years till then Lustlge Blatter A POPULAR PASTIME Little Ethel was prattling In her aimless way and sister Maude was naturally Quito unsuspicious Papa said little Ethel do you remember the trip we made to grandmas last replied her father absent mindedlyIn tram persisted little Ethel Maude yawned She had been up later than usual the previous evening and the evidence of her weariness could not be suppressed Do you remember continued tle Ethel what the conductor said Yes answered the father He said asserted little Ethel that If you didnt want to pay for t me youd have to take me in your lap and lot someone else have my seat I remember said the father What of it Oh nothing much replied little Ethel Only I think sister Maude and that young man whos going to be my new brother were playing trams when I=Ethel sharply broke In sister Maude who had aroused herself go to bed at once Handing Her One Would It make you so happy if you had an auto still you want one Certainly do dear Then why Just think how unhappy It will make the girl who is always brag ging that she could have married you How About the Studies- I notice lots of college boys around town Yes the midwinter vacation Is on Seems to me these midwinter va cations must interfere seriously with a boys college work Not at all The football season is over and its too early for track worketWorse ami Worse He spoke of my singing as a vocal wasnt your singing a vocal stuntSir the work of an artist Is never a I dont see how that has anything to do with your case VERY DANGEROUS Mrs Bug Hey there what do you mean smoking on my woodpile Still on Strike Hens have commenced to lay again paper says We do not doubt It But for some reason our own hens Dont seem to have found out about Quite Evident You say she let you hold her handYes Did you get rattled Guess I did She had no more than turned her back before I trumped my partners ace Putting the Lid on I need not tell you that this hat is out of style and that I must have another No dear you need not But will declare I Heres a check dear Paradoxical Position The artist who is painting my plo ture is very unreliable about his en gagements Often when go at the appointed hour have to wall Then you ought to take a stand about your sittings Sympathetic currents First ThespianDo you think this dogtown would be a bad one to try my Hamlet on Second DittoCertaInly not A dog town Is Just place Wasnt Ham let a Great Dane tReal Wealth- GunnerThey say since Coggwood bought his new automobile he lies run Into wealth Guycr Yes he ran Into a 400pound hog the other day Scandal Jones Is having trouble with a married woman You donlt say so Who Is It His wife Appropriate Energy What about the efforts to get this aviation meet Keep em up Hard Drinker Does he drink like a fish No he drinks like a camel at the end of eight days MONARCH OF THE PRIMATES AND THEIR DESCENDANTS By Judge Parish B hadd Far buck in the morn of time when tic lump burned low the n rllis Primates few in number were misting oft their arborenn habits and entering a less secluded life Instinct was the ruling passion conception was born an alysis was in its infancy of kowledgc there was none The five senses were the only means of illununatdng these geological pri mates understanding vision led the others The earth was a flat surface the sun moon and stars moved around it in a silvery canopy The sun the greatest most powerful and beneficent of all giv lug life light heat and contf rose in grandeur over all other objects Personification was ap plied to it it became an object of veneration This primate called on it for blessings prayers and sacrifices were offered The foun dation for a religion had been made A few of the more wise offered their services being ac cepted the dawn of a priesthood was ushered in rules und ceremo nies came to the front times and forms of prayers were prescribed The world was still in its in fancy Volcanic eruptions with terrible explosions were everywhere taking place life was be ing blotted out primates and beasts were equally alnrm fear dominated all Our great solar orb as expressed in our dialect became the Deus Primus among all the divinities the greatest of the gods No one dared question his power With all peoples and re ligions from the remotest antiquity to the present this one great solar orb under different proper names has stood at the t head of the worlds Pantheon of divinities The word God and its substitutes in other languages has been a household word 1 throughout the world With most peoples in pursu ance of custom this mighty orb has been personified and given a proper name as now Jehovah with the Jews Lesser gods erywhere in trinities have been made as the issue from the em brace of the sungod with an earthly virgin But of these less rJer divinities I am not to discuss tluaarticle Passing over the divine per sonages of other peoples I now come to treat of the sungod as held by the Hebrews and Christ ian for all know that the Jewish God Jehovah is the sane as the deus primus of the Christians who worship two lesser gods Wherever the word god is used by the Hebrews and Christians that name has been traced directly back to our sun Let us now learn where the Hebrews got their god Jehovah The Hebrews made him claimed and endorsed him as their special tribal god All the other tribes around them had their tribal gods According to the Bible the Levitical priest hood agreed with Jehovah i e they entered into a binding compact as sovereigns are wont to do by the terms of which Jehovah was to be the sole god of the Israelites and they were to be his children It is now in order to look into the nativity of the div inity or perhaps better say his name and divinity There is some diversity of opinion as to wheth er he was an Egyptian a Babylonian I onceor a Phoenician thought the name was of Egyptian origin but after more thor ough research I have come to believe that it comes from the god Adonis of Phoenicia The word Jehovah in its full dress was not given to the world until the fifth or sixth century of our era al though its derivation goes back to at least 444 B C E possibly 400 years earlier If it be of Egyptian origin the Hebrews have no record of it before Ezra read to his people the Thorn at the ruins of Jerusalem 444 B C E which he brought from Baby lon then it appeared in consonantal characters in a much ab breviated form such as Jlivh Jhwh Jabe Jao Jahweh Gah veh Gahweh Jahveh If the He brew vowels were known to the priesthood at that time they were not in use in the sacred writings- of that people but withheld from them Art an early date not long after the return from captivity the words Jhvh and Jhwh were filled in with vowel points belonging to the word AdonAi an indistinct 7a being substituted for short a what its original vowels were is unknown The scribes in the ren dition of this word made it read Lord In time the word Lord meaning a civil uler was rend erect God Adonai was originally the chief god tile sungod of the Phoenicians nfterwards im ported into Egypt where he be came one of the lenders in the Egyptian pantheon Thus it will be seen that the Hebrews appro printed the Phoenician sungod to their own use The Greek church fathers gave the form Jhe Jao Jah and Jahwe as traditional pronounced Yahweh coming from the verb hawnh or hojah signifying He will cause to come to pass The older interpreters explain the verb I am he who really am The tendency of modern exegis is to rend it I will be what I will be As to the date of the word Jehovah some scholars carry it back to Egypt give it an early lute and make him the storms god Dr Henry Brugsch Bey an able Egyptiplogist finds on the monuments tHe word Aukh a sungod of Sachet designated as Ito who liv4Istwhich he says is the same On this fIi y reed and on the assumption flint the Hebrews were in Egylm as told in the Bi ble he buildCTUp the theory that Jehovah was 2f Egyptian origin or that name came from that country IfOn more thorough research and finding that the Hebrews were never in Egypt that the Bible story is a romance I find myself forcedWo reject the belief that noma Jehovahwas of Egyptian origin As I find neither the nante Jehovahnor a trace of its philological germs in Babylon I mist conclude on what has hereinbefore been said that the land of Canaan on the billowwashed shores of Phoen camelforthbcni Israel a little later to gather under his protecting wings the ten tribes of El still later to throw his imperial mantle over benighted Christendom where as tho Deus Primus of the celestial triad his sovereignty will remain undisputed until the last rays of the settingsun of ignorance and superstition have gone down to return no more then will the bones of Jehovah mingle with those of extinct pagan gods to bleach on the shores of eternity flVlietlic ihitine Jehovah was in use among the Hebrews before the Captivity we have no sufficient evidence If I am low to speculate on probabilities trio name may have originat ed at the time David consolidated the ten tribes of the lost sheep of El At any rate the name disappared and was lost during tho exile when the remaining tribes worshipped the pagan gods around them giving preference to the Phoenician god Adonai It is doubtful whether Jahveh came the God of the Israelites fore the Captivity During the Captivity it is sure that the captives worshipped the Chaldean god El in the singular and there by became the Children of El rendered Israel which has ever since remained their sacred name and used indiscriminately with the name Hebrew rendered emigrant in a political sense This name was given them when they migrated front Babylon to Pales tine We read in the Book of Seers and Prophets how Elijah created the world in six days Later the Bible in a second count assigns this task to Jahveh which would show that the name Jahveh was after the return of the Israelites to Jerusalm when the Hebrews exchanged El for Adonai and made the name read Jehovah This change of name was represented in conson antal characters so as to be un derstood by the priesthood only it being by them held too sacred to be used by the common people In time the common people in sistd on the insertion of vowel points so that they could know the name of their god but the priests held back and only yield ed a few points at a time nor did they succeed in getting in all the vowel points until the sixth century of our era when for the first time they learned the name of their god to be Jehovah a transition from Adonia who was none other than our great solar orb On the return of the Hebrews from1 captivity if not before they adopted tIll Phoenician language i e the court dialect which eventually became the sacred tongue of the Levitical priesthood and by them called Hebrew leaving the common people to speak the language of the tribes around them which at the north was Armenian 4 Most scholars of this time agree chat the insertion of vowel points between the consonants J h v h so as to make the name Jehovah are not the original ones from the old Hebrew which renders Adona not Jehovah So it will be seen that the name Jehovah was forced fromi the proper name Adonai which shows that the Hebrews borrowed or stole the sungod of Phoenicia which furnished the precedent for the theft of Jehovah by the Christ1- l111S When the Aijasoretic text Jhvh was first given its vowel points its rendition was Adonai but pronounced Elohinr This was a cheat of the common people With all the confusion between the spelling and the pronuncia tion the names Adonai and Je hovah ran parallel until the sixth century when full vowel points were inserted which for the first time gave Jehovah to the world See Huntingtons Letters also Under Roland et al iMjaimonides says only a few Levite priests knew the meaning of the consonanted text which came down from tradition they agreedon the none and filled in the vowels to fit their new god Jehovah Sellerman of Berlin and the oracle Apollo used by Microbis to trace this name to the sun as with pagan peoples as their Deus Primus Adonai of Phoen icia like Elohim of Babylon was at nil early date used in the plural to represent all the gods la tel in both places it was applied in the singular to the supreme deity The Vulgate gives Adonius a rendering of Tnnimuz thus tracing his pedigree to Assyria where Primus of Zo he was the Deus roaster whose people were disc worshippers In Egypt Tamnmz became Osiris where he was a form of the sun See Lucian Selden maid Creuger Thus it will be seen that Jehovah comes from Adonai the pagan sungod ofPhoeniciaSo god of the Hebrewfe of the deists and Christians is but a forth of our great solar orb the god who is so much adored worshipped talked about dreaded and feared by most of the people of our little world When and wherever the words or name god is used his j digreQdsiig uored because unknown to only the few he is only thought of and in the imagination powerful and allwiseas a great man a resident of heaven So firmly has this habit of thinking become that no rational man can think of a god who does not wear the huimm form and possess the attributes of man Talk and try to think of any other god as you may in the end all comes back to the mangod It is he or no god at till The Hebrew Bible in its oftrepeated statement on this matter leaves not the slightest doubt that its god is a man inform and has mans attributes The Biblical record of this He brew god is so bad that both Christians and Hebrews shun it all they can Ingersoll held up that record until all classes be came ashamed of the Bible div it ity The Christians seldom mention his proper name Then we come to the higher order of manhood to men of learning who revolt against this Biblical monarch but the habit of having a god to support has become so firmly fixed in the lap man mind that it is next to possible to shake the idea oil It sticks like the bark to a tree the notion of having aliouseholdtoten has become indispensable to most people who ring him upon every occasion mix him in their soup and call on him to bless all their food before eaten he is the family pet in every day life But when considered by the light of the Bible intelligent people volt and look around for a substitute even to the revival of the old Pantheistic system which finds its god in the totality of the unverse In this sense they are Atheists in disguise When explained to mean the absorption of the infinite in nature it is Atheism simple which was promulgated by Spin oza but when explained to mean the absorption of nature the finite in the infinite it amounts to Atheism in the fullest sense So say our lexicographers Under this definition our literary men who repudiate Jehovah and insist on a god Atheists but are afraid to say so The Old Totem has been so long with us they fear to trop hUll ever on time alert to protect their standing or financial status at the expense of truth and courage Prof Elliot exPresident of Harvard and the leading College men of America and Europe are all Atheists and so lire charged by the leaders of the Roman cler gyII Avowed Atheism the summit of tltttnnu reason on religious matters will some day in the near future throw its colors to the mount the car of destiny and ride over thin myths fables and legends of the lark past and give the world freedom to devel ifs vital forces without feirr of mythical gods devils or pits of eternal torment Oljf Fates holding the reins of destiny speed that glorious day when nil mankind shall be free to live love and follow nature in nIl her sublinnity as the Mfanocrat of tile Universe Then will re ligion cease WillS to an end und the brotherhood of mankind be all in all I WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME Continued from Page the birch as soon as he was arrest ed fChrist has never drawn never wns a draw he never couM draw the Jews and the Gentiles obey that lead as promptly as Jewif He never has been able to compete with the world the flesh or devil In fact his religion and his influence died with him though an army of fanatics made things hum here and there for a Tlie last book of the New Tes tmiufnt is a long wail of rage and despair and Christ the Word of God is going to destroy the worijl because he cannot convert it a id finds himself anything else but draw Had he been a draw the hunch would never have shed a dr ip of blood or resorted to any Christ had only fulfilled alliuen promise the trouble in the eriniif is there are too many filling our pulpits smart talk te I am glad he made the boti statement Does lie not knoi many preachers are preach ingne set of dogmas and privately lidding another sot of enlighten views and beliefs Does he not now that Christianity is only a joe f Why there is nothing left f it but the Salvation Army Wh jifst think of its Christians make a god of a man they walk- ndn1ked with Why worship a poor old supposed Jew that has been dead two thousand years and have very little respect for the living Jew No greater mistake is made by humanity than to take its ideals and morals from theI dead past I hope those good conscientious ministers will unite with us Freethinkers in laying the foundation right herenot in brick of silly creeds that will crumble from their own weight set in rotten mortar of idle belief Let us scatter the thorns of superstition and dismay that tear the souls of poor weak and trembling captives but plant fruitbearing trees along every highway of tIle journey of life Let us teach little children a religion that seeks not so much to carry earth to heaven as to bring heaven to earth Let us make them as free as the birds of the air and not darken their young lives with the blighting shadow of superstitious awe that keeps from their minds the fruc tifying rays of the sun of reason Let us toaeh a religion that cannot shock the mind of a little child and we dont want a soured or dyspeptic religion it is the very worst kind of a religion to he happy with You must doctor and doctor and keep on a doctoring and that is why we have so many doctors of divinity Florence Ky TWO GREAT SOffiNTIFIO DISCOVERIES A worldwide movement to make them known and perpetun ted For particulars send a self addressed envelope to the Presi dent of the Church of Humanity W H KERR THE Charles Chilton Moore When a young man the author had started out to walk through the Holy Lands on foot Reaching Paris he gave up the journey and returned home He made the trip by rail and boat about three years before his death This book gives an account of what he saw and pxplodea numerous Christian myths It Is especially suitable for n present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky SO LITTLE AFTER ALL A little toll little play A little love Along the way A little care little sleep A little road We have to keep A little Joy A little woe little while Tho call to go And so we die And never guess How much of life Is littleness One HotelThere Is one thing about this place boasted the hotel proprietor and that Is we never make any false claims Anything you see on the menu can be served at onceto That soT chuckled the humorous guest as he looked over the much used card Well bring me some thumbprints OVERCROWDING The CItizenThere are too many grafters In the world The Politician Unquestionably Pretty soon there wont be enough graft to go round Uplifted The farmer now hunts up the banks With lofty placid brow He leaves his coin and murmurs Thanks- I need no uplift now Note for the Girls Statistics show that baldness and higher education go together In other words the woman with a haystack of hair on her head doesnt know as much as the woman with a coiffure of doorknob slzeAtchlson Globe Simple Globe Dont you know that Its usually the woman with the door knob coiffure who wears the hay stack of hair Escaped Did he not ask you for my hand I did not even see him But I sent him to your study to see youWell he wasnt there when I went in though I heard the front door slam and the papers on my study tablethe bills for your Easter bon net and gownswere all disarranged Accounting for It A New Jersey man recently said a woman was a damn fool and the judge who tried her suit for damages decided that damn Is not a swear wordWell what do you think of that Perhaps he knew the woman Loud Gracious What was that selection you just played on the phono graph That is the necktie my daughters young man wore Easter Sunday I took a record of 1t NOTHING STEADY ABOUT IT a q4 Torn Gruot has a bright thought now and then Juck Yes If he ever has brain fever it will be Intermittent Coming Oh maiden sweet and slim and tall And graceful to the view When Fashion decrees hips again Shell get the bulge on you The Exacting Public You borrowed some of your epl grams word for word Yes replied the busy author you cant please people If I had changed the phraseology I would have been criticized for misquoting What Was Suggeatlve IvesTheres nothing pertaining to Mrs Rhulers that Is suggestive of meekness Beera What about her husband r INNOCENT OF TIPS Gracious Uncle Tlmrod ex cclalmed his fashionable city niece In the corridor of the big hotel why did you remain In the dining room so long after wo had dined Well Ill tell you Susie confided the old man with a broad grin The waiter that waited on us kept hold ing out his hand when I started out and of course I had to shake it every time Wasnt going to let It be said that he had more manners than your Uncle Tlmrod Then and Now lThe multimillionaire was despond ent With all his vast libraries and free shopting galleries for the poor he could not get rid of his sordid pelfAnd to think he mused In deep meditation with all my success with get rich quick schemes the getpoor quick schemes have me beaten And then this great and sorrowful billionaire stopped his autraoblle and gave a newsboy a penny- Surprising I saw an astonishing thing the other day What was It Smythe was walking on the street just ahead of me and he took oft his hat to a lady who spoke to him Was that surprising- Of course it was The lady was his wife Hurt His Feelings Rude man snapped the fiery housewife you never associated with gentlemen The wayfarer was visibly hurt Lady he said humbly you do me an injustice Aint I just from de Plttsburg pen And de warden says himself dere are so many gentlemen dere he Is going to do away with stripes An Appeal to Her Mrs StubbYes Mary says she Is dying to get a position as cook on an ocean liner Mr Stubb In surprise Gracious Whatever put that In her head Mrs Stubb Why she read that there were 3000 pieces of crockery broken every voyage FISHING Miss Wlllin Im writing to Mr Rocks the gentleman I met in Florida last fall I drop him a line occasion ally you know Miss CuttingDont be discouraged dear You may land him some day No Indeed It said stovalne worthless But I know thats not the case Nothing Is worthless that helps me To up tills much space Practical Side PostmistressThen you like those town nieces to send you those new fangled souvenir postal cards made out of leather- Uncle WeatherbyBy heck yes aint so much on sentimental cyards but when they are made out of leather they come In handy to mend boots with When He Stopped Stubb Did you every try to count a thousand sheep and fall asleep PennNo but I sat back of my wife at a concert one time and counted 489 buttons on her gown and fell asleep Useful StuffIA man who was the black sheep of his family died and left a fortune to his brothers and sisters- see In spite of the fact that ho was a black sheep they were glad to get his wool Peaches and Peaches Well therell soon be plenty of peaches I dont care for em theyre too fuzzy The peaches youve been going with must need a shave His Variety That man lives on anybody he canHe doesnt llvehe merely vege tates Sure hes a beat Her Tendency Mabel prefers a boat crew cham pion to a football hero for a beau That shows that Mabel is rowman tic Such a Distance Jaded society is going In for pa Jama parties and boxing matinees Seems a long way back to the old fashioned sewing circle doesnt It IF A MAN DIE SHALL HE LIVE ANSWER PLEASE THIS QUESTION Ifn man die shall he live againJob 1414 We can tell our friend Mr Job that is a question that has both ered and perplexed the theologi cal world for the last 1900 years and no nearer an agreement or n decisive answer either pro or con than when the question was first asked It is a difficult problem to decide Millions have spent their millionsof themselves and still millions more have found an early grave reliefWe find people asking and wor eying about the question of a fu ture life every day We wish we Jobsquestionthat could The best we can do however at the present time will whichittually come or been brought to life again after the breath had left the body and they were pronounced dead The first instance will be that of this fellow they call Jesus It is claimed for him that he was cruelly murdered or cru andburiedlayingtherethat he came to life again and arose out of the grave safe and sound For the truth of which we have the testimony of the first four writers of the New Testa ment They are very well agreed as to the matter of his crucifixion that he was crucified but when it conies to the cause and circum stances connected herewith scarcely any two of them willI agree on anything they will say about him It is then claimed that after a few days that he bid hisI followers good bye and actually arose went up alive and a cloud received him out of their sight and has not been seen or heard of from that day to this in strict violation of the inviolable laws of nature which we claim never has been done or never will be the cases of Enoch and Elijah not withstanding Please excuse this digression in the case of Jesus for he is vn important factor in the case end it seemed a good place to put them in The next case will be thatIf Lazarus Here is a man that is raid to have been dead and laid in the grave four days and the workof decomposition had al ready set in But by some mys terious power unknown to man kind he is resuscitated and comes to life again What do you think tllatlIlOokwill live again It is not statedr what becomes of Lazarus after he is risen but of course in case he came to life he had to die again and that would be another viola tion of natures laws for one death like one god is a plenty It is all this life calls for and it is said that the living know that they shall die but the dead know not anything Now comes the case of Jonah and the whale and in our estimation it is one of the most re markable and mysterious on rec ord In thus case it is not stated that Jonah either died or was mur dered or that he was buried But it does state that Jonah was swal lowed by a great whale and that he was incased in the whales stomach without a breath of air and under the influence of those powerful digestive organs for three whole days and nights Then he was cast up by the whale on the dry land all safe and sound If Mr Job could believe such a statement as the above then there would have been no neces sity for him asking the question If a man die shall he live again We now propose to answer Mr Jobs question from our own point of view and see what the readers of the Blade may think of it We can tell Mr Job that we see no reason why we should not live again There would ie ao more mystery about another life than the present one but in sill oases it would have to come under the same conditions exactly as the present one and happen right here on this earth just the same Tins is all the world we know of and who knows but what we may have lived a lifer two before the present one This world lugs been here from time immemorial and changeIon another life on this earth would be no more unexpected or mysterious than the present one At all events we would advise our friend Job alone with nil the rest not to be worried a particle about another life for in case there should be one it will be a repetition of the pres ent and no more unexpected or mysterious Yours truly JOEL M BERRY 1CREMATION It is high time that Free Think ers at least should substitute Itenlightened people to get rid of prejudice We are all creatures of habit andwe cling to old customs in spite of our reason But the crematory is in every respect pre ferable to the graveyard even from a sentimental point of view It is better to have the bodies of our friends reduced to ashy in an hour than to let them slowly rot in the ground Can the imagina tion of man conceive of anything more horrible than the state of a body after it has been in the ground two or three years Is a graveyard pleasing eight Why should we put stones over the graves of our friends Is lovo so feeble a nature that it must be kept alive by outward signs In numerable proofs furnished by scientific men of all ages show that earth retains instead of destroyng the germs of disease contained in a body and that in some legree will contaminate its surroundings If a graveyard is a menace to the living it should go I never pass a graveyard without thinking of the needless and foolish expendi ture of money in many different ways Thousands of persons year ly distress themselves in order to make a show both in doffinb mil expensive shrouds to hide away under the ground When I am dead I want no superstitious memories or incantations to myths and dumb gods said over my remains but I wish to be taken to the nearest crematory and then my ashes scattered over time ground or dis posed of as my friends see fit I believe with Solomon Job and au tlioriticH elsewhere that when we arWcad we stay dead but christ- ians of all kinds expect a mansion somewhere after death where they will be clothed with rationality and with a memlory made perfect and expect to be happy even though they remember till their short comings here and all the woes and agonies their friends and loved ones still have to endure We all have moments of regret for not having improved every moment Will not these re greta follow us If so can we he perfectly happy f Does the of Christ wipe out all bloodI ness of wrong doing Or retain in our memory on good actions 1JAttica Ohio HALLEYS COMET Continued from Page 1 jthings the infinitely large andI the infinitely snulJlare matter Air fluids gases the ether elecI tricit the limita IIIis matter and what ever is not- lmattergods souls spirits spooks etcdoes not exist The Unknowable We can pcIriodsproximately a estimate numbers mind sizes of worlds and sums up to thousands and millions then owing to the limitations of our intel lect our ideas become vague and confused This is the only un knowable While we cannot grasp infinitude of space and an infinite number of cosmic bodies existing therein infinite time in the past and future yet we can and must logically and analogically infer the above abstractions especially because their antithetical proposi tions limited time space and matter cannot be rationally en tertnincd The only Unknown ble is simply an infinitely creased sum or quatity of the knowable Call your God lie and you have a rather exaggerated venerable old man or patriarch with physical structure a man yet an animal This cannot be a Clod ++ + + + t + + + + 4 +4u + + ++ 4 19091909 4 y o obi Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume oar 3Containing Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely t bound in Blue Buckram with gold letters otoYoi G3QO Reduced from last years price 3002 Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time X- oto 1 A 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longing for eternal youth physical perfection ideal beauty genius a hundred yeas of robust earthlife nil denied a vast majority of frail mortals It demands evergreen lawns that never need draperiesI aiound and milk and honey free to all It greedily desires an in continnousI ull conditions and states which we know are impossible No Platform Will Prof Jainiesoii enumerate everything in existenceeverything science has verifiedeverything discovered by telescope microscope spectro scope emit photography in the laboratory crucible or on the dissecting table the sum of all his KNOWLEDGE omitnothing add morals ethics hygiene es thetics poetry music art and everything tending to build up a grandand noble humanity if he do this he will have a clear conception of the platform of the Materialists Association The Pitofessor considers it too nar row Can he broaden it A God nowadays cannot create- a human being without the assistance of a lusty ablebodied man But man can accomplish the task without the least inconvenience Hence man is more powerful than God In the absence of personality personal attributes cannot exist The living human organism is a tangible basis for all psychic phenomena Decarnatc spirits or souls have no basis at all Life will end True Did it not begin Are the countless millions who will live after in misery and despair because they do not participate in lifes battles now No neither will we grieve and suffer when we are where they are now It was the supposed need of a God that originated all Gods Now when science demonstrates that till phenolnMA are a spontan eous product of the marvelous po tencies of matter the need of a God vanishes And with the USE of a God gone the hypothesis ex plodes As Hugh Pentecost said A useless God is no God at nIl a a Materialism reduces the myster ies of nature to their minimum Theism augments the problem yond the hope of final solution La Grange Ill AN APPEAL Ladies and Gentleman We the undersigned address you in the interest of humanity and in com memoration of the heroes and hero ines who have died for human liberty We believe that such a cause will strongly appeal to you We are mem hens of the Indiana Rationalist Asso ciation rho Buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union the Ra tional Association of America the dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Society and arc subscribers to all the leading Free thought papers in America We urge each one of you to unite at once wlli one or more Freelhought societies and to subscribe for one or more Free thought papers Ilse are perfectly sure if you do so that future generations will sing your praises and call you blessed You will also hove the proud satisfaction of seeing the stainless flag ramparts of the motley hosts of su of freedom waving upon the dismantled ramparts of the motley hosts of super and devils and priests the only enemies of the race are ever over thrown it must be done by organized Rationalism There is no example in the whole history of the world where an organized priesthood ever relaxed its fiendish grip from the throat of liberty The Ethiopian could change his skin and the leopard his spots as easily as a Pope or n priest could become a lover of humanity and freedom We therefore beseech all Rationalists every one of youto get together in a compact organization and help to inaugurate a reign of reason in the Republic bequeathed to ua by Jefferson Paine and Franklin The vile old strumpet of orthodox religion sits in the palaces and parlors of the world and compels mankind to do her bidding and to pay her homage Iglnorantlans and our socalled statesmen to become her panderers procurers and tools for her infamous uses This vile old Lag intrudes herself at every birth and at every death at every marriage and in our schools with her dismal crooning and would if unrestrained do as she has done In other lands where unrestrained and opposed She would make of our own fair Columbia a des potism like that of Russia or Spain The Freethinkers actually outnumber the forces of superstition fully two to one and if we were but organized we could easily rid our land of priestly rule and tyranny Ladles and gentle men let us organize and get busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Indiana Rationalist Association WM Y DUC- KSanuYIBR LaTOURETTE JOHN 0 BECK JOHN II PRINCE Officials Ind R A I heartily second the strong letter of Dr Bowles It sometimes seems that we have about all the religion and per sonal freedom we are entitled to con sidering how little we have done and are doing to secure It Compare our own slothful indifference with the cash enthusiasm of the organized forces of superstition The Catholics of Indian moneyIless than a week the Presbyterians of the same city raised 15000 for a new church building There arc now 175 churches in the city A young Catholic tells me he makes 1500 a year solicit ing subscriptions for a Catholic news paper There aro scores of prosperous Catholic and Protestant papers sup 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